October 8, 2019 Herb

At an October 4 press conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Department of Justice and AARP joined the iconic country music country music supergroup, The Oak Ridge Boys, to raise the public’s awareness of fraud schemes targeting seniors by releasing a new public service announcement. “The Oak Ridge Boys are honored to bring awareness to elder fraud and abuse,” said Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys. “For too long people have taken advantage of our senior citizens, and we are teaming up with the Department of Justice and the AARP Fraud Watch Network to help you and your loved ones…

October 3, 2019 Herb

Here’s a great book for your personal library: Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: A Mindshift. With the graying of the nation, a new book published in August challenges the outdated notions of aging and senior living.  Mindshift, penned by Jill Vitale-Aussem, president and CEO of The Eden Alternative, and co-published by AARP, makes the case for a radical change in thinking around senior living communities. The book calls for creating “vibrant cultures of purpose, community, and growth for older adults.” Photo Caption: AARP “We focus much of our efforts on telling people what they…

September 25, 2019 Herb

AARP is intensifying its efforts to reject the media’s stereotyping of aging. As part of a two-year initiative, the Washington, DC-based aging organization in collaboration with Getty Images, are pressing brands, designers, ad agencies and other industry players to alter their immediate and long-term attitudes of seniors to overcome the misconceptions of aging portrayed in ads. In partnership with Getty Images, AARP launched The District Aging Collection at Advertising Week New York. This initiative paints a more accurate portrait of how people age in today’s society. The new photo collection contains more than 1,400 images that challenge existing stereotypes around…

September 17, 2019 Herb

Can mentally stimulating activities put the brakes on age-related memory loss.  A new study, published in the July 10, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, has found that mentally stimulating activities like using a computer, playing games, crafting and participating in social activities are linked to a lower risk or delay of age-related memory loss called mild cognitive impairment, and that the timing and number of these activities may also play a role. Participating in Activities You Love Photo Credit: National Institute on Aging Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)…

September 12, 2019 Herb

Last week, a week-long celebration kicked off on Sunday, September 8, and the Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living is joining tens of thousands of assisted living communities across the nation for the festivities. National Assisted Living Week® continues through Saturday, September 14, and Hearthstone Assisted Living is honoring this year’s theme, “A Spark of Creativity.” This theme reminds us that creativity is good for the mind, body and spirit—especially among older adults. Hearthstone Estates Assisted Living According to the National Center for Assisted Living there are more than 28,000 assisted living residences across the nation that more…

September 5, 2019 Herb

Brisk walking may be a key to your good health.  People who report that they have a slower walking pace have a lower life expectancy than those walking fast, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University. According to the study’s findings, using data from the UK Biobank of 474,919 people recruited within the UK, found those with a habitually fast walking pace have a long-life expectancy across all levels of weight status – from…

August 26, 2019 Herb

Just days before Labor Day, American Heart News calls for healthy salads, including a taco salad with avocado-cilantro, to be put on your picnic menu.  Your picnic-friendly dish “needn’t be bland or wimpy” but “zesty, fun and nutritious,” says the editor, praising the benefits of the healthy dish. According to the American Health News (AHN), the ingredients of this salad include kidney beans and black-eyed peas, totaling 27 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber.  The salad serving gives you more than half of the percent daily values based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Make Taco…

August 18, 2019 Herb

“Bingo.”  On any given day of the week you can hear this word yelled by seniors at assisted Living facilities throughout the country, who have all the required numbers, or “pattern” to win.   It’s considered a game of change and its full play. It’s easy to play Bingo.  A player must match numbers (one of 75) printed on a cardboard card which contains 25 squares arranged in five vertical columns and five side by side rows. The caller randomly draws a small wooden ball from a small cage and the players mark the picked number with a tile.  When the…

August 15, 2019 Herb

Every day you read or watch television commentators report on the sweeping opioid overdose sweeping this nation.  But there is another drug issue impacting older Americans, that is adverse reactions to prescriptions. In 2018, 5 million older Americans—one in ten—sought medical attention as a result of a serious reaction to medication. Over the past decade, the rate of emergency room visits for adverse drug events (ADEs) among older Americans nearly doubled. Taking a Look at Overprescribing Photo Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In response, the Brookline, Massachusetts-based Lown Institute, releases a report, Medication…

August 10, 2019 Herb

While many people generally think that stress and anxiety can reach unhealthy levels, psychologists will tell you that while both are unavoidable, they oftentimes lay a helpful role in our daily life. This observation was explored at a presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. “Many Americans now feel stressed about being stressed and anxious about being anxious. Unfortunately, by the time someone reaches out to a professional for help, stress and anxiety have already built to unhealthy levels,” said Lisa Damour, PhD, a private-practice psychologist who presented at…